John Harry Holst

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John Harry

John Harry Holst, West Allis, passed away on April 15, at the age of 74. He was born in Milwaukee on July 12, 1945 to Anita E. (Walters)  and Harry J. Holst.

Survived by his sister Barbara Damman, nephew Gerald (Patricia) Jones and niece Robin Damman, Great nephews Tyler Jones and Richard J. (RJ) Manke. Also fondly remembered by one Aunt, many cousins and friends. Preceeded in death by his parents, brother James, nephew Harry Jones and brother-in-law Richard Damman.

John was a member of Fairview Lutheran Church his entire life. He served as an usher and was a member of the bible study group.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service 15 years ago after over 38 years of service. He received several awards while working there. Just to name a few … Exceptional performance and for accummulation of over 3,000 hours of sick leave.

John was an avid traveler. He traveled to almost all 50 states mostly by train. John was a Huge Sports buff… You could ask him anything about sports and he usually knew the answer. He was a Packer Season ticket holder since the Packers played in Milwaukee. He was also the Family picture taker. John always had a camera in his hands. You never knew when he was going to take your picture.

He will be missed by all.

Due to funeral restrictions at this time a Private family burial will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


  1. Phil Wagie April 19, 2020 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    His fellow Fairview Lutheran Church members were very surprised and saddened when we heard of John leaving us and going to heaven. Before we were Safer at home and church services were occurring John seldom missed church. He was always at church when his team Ushered and he was always willing to help out if a team was short an usher even if it wasn’t his week.

    What I remember was about John was he an avid and willing walker. For many years on Christmas Eve day, Fairview church members and family has meet at Pallas restaurant on Hwy 100 and south a couple of blocks on Greenfield. John often attended and one year when he lived just west of WLHS on a fairly cool day, John walked all the way to the restaurant, never commenting until we were leaving and I asked how he was getting home. He said, probably by bus since it was a long walk getting there. Of course we gave him a ride home. Yes he was much younger at the time but that was a very very long walk.

    Fairview will miss seeing his always smiling face at church but will be happy to see him in heaven.

  2. Pastor Jim Aderman April 20, 2020 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Sharon and I rejoice with John over his welcome into heaven. John made it obvious that he knew Jesus is the resurrection and the life. He now enjoys life with Jesus. We look forward to rejoicing with him there.

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